Leeds United under-18 boss Jason Blunt has revealed his delight at the performance of his team despite a 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup last night.
A talented young Leeds side lost out thanks to goals from Izzy Brown and Dom Solanke, although Chelsea played most of the second period with ten men, which allowed the hosts to build pressure.
Blunt was understandably wary heading into the game, as Chelsea have several players who have played in a higher standard of competition this season in the under-21 Premier League and the UEFA Youth League.
“Before we were apprehensive knowing the kids they (Chelsea) have. In hindsight we should've won!” said Blunt after the game.
Leeds have one of the best academy setups in the country and it’s important that Blunt works hard to stop a dip in morale from happening.
If his comments echo the thoughts of those in the team, there is a chance that Leeds’ youngsters could allow their heads to drop which is something that Blunt and first team boss Neil Redfearn can’t allow to happen.
There’s everything to play for in the Professional Development League where Leeds have been one of the best teams this season and plenty of incentive for youngsters to play well, with Redfearn frequently drafting younger players into the senior side.